Circle Graph Analysis and Creation
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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Circle Graphs -- Analysis of Data:
1. Go to http://www.census.gov/statab/www/img/expends.gif
(http://www.census.gov/statab/www/img/expends.gif)
2. Analyze the circle graph and answer these questions:
  • What percent of expenditures were spent on food in 1992?
  • What percent of expenditures were spent on personal insurance and pensions in 1992?
  • What was the average total expenditures in 1992?
  • What does "average total expenditure" mean?
  • On average, how much money was spent by the average consumer on housing in 1992?

Circle Graphs -- Creation:
1. Go to http://www.state.gov/www/background_notes/united_nations_0997_bgn.html
(http://www.state.gov/www/background_notes/united_nations_0997_bgn.html)
2. Scroll down to "Financing" under the "Profile" section.
3. Create 2 circle graphs:
  • General budget for the calendar year 1996
  • United States share of the budget for 1996
4. Calculate the percentage share for the United States for each category. For example:
The total budget = $12.8 billion and the U.S. share = $2.8 billion. The U.S. share is 21.9%.
5. Is the U.S. percentage the same for any other categories? If so, which ones? If not, why not?
6. Why is the United States responsible for such a large percentage of the United Nation's budget?

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